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My five week old baby has a bad rash on her face it seems to

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My five week old baby has a bad rash on her face it seems to be getting worse. Have been to see my doctor twice now with this one said it’s acne One said it’s eczema. She has now spots appearing on her arms and legs.I need advice on how to care/treat her skin and diagnosis of what this is.Thank youFrancheska
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dermatology
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Please see attached pictures
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 4 months ago.

This is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thank you.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 4 months ago.

it could be a viral infection rash

or eczema or a reaction to food. I see she is breast feeding.

it could be a reaction to something you are eating which is getting into the breast milk.

you should keep a food diary of what you eat which may be affecting your milk.

have you tried calendula cream or 1% hydrocortisone cream for her face to see

does she have fever? scratching at the rash?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
She does not scratch at her face and doesn’t seem to be bothered by it. She is feeding and sleeping well. My usual diet is porridge with fruit in the morning made with full fat cows milk, sandwich and yogurt for lunch ham and may, some fruit, afternoon fruit smoothie with almond milk and peanut butter and hen chicken salad, roast dinner, pasta dish, fajitas or something similar for dinner.
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I tried 1% this morning and has seemed to make it worse. Last night I used epimax emollient and again that seemed to make it worse. I use diluted coconut oil in the bath water. I do not use any soap of any kind. I use fairy non bio detergent and conditioner.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 4 months ago.

it may be a viral rash that she has and she is fighting off a viral infection

you can try cutting out gluten and wheat and bread and pasta out of your diet and see if that helps her rash.

that is good she is not scratching and has no fevers.

less likely eczema

you can try some mild calendula calming cream on her face which could help.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok thank you will try that and see if it makes a difference for her.Is coconut oil the best thing to use in the bath or would an liquid parrafin more suitable?Thank youFrancheska
Expert:  Dr. David replied 4 months ago.

coconut oil virgin unrefined is the best to use on the skin after bathing

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